Feb. 18, 2014
Swimming and Diving Championship Central
SEWELL, N.J. – All six teams have checked into their hotels and had one practice session in the competition pool. Within 24 hours, the 2014 BIG EAST Swimming Championships will be underway at Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell, N.J.
Wednesday’s finals session, which is set for 6 p.m., will feature just two events – the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay.
Seton Hall’s swimmers will look to build on the momentum handed them by their divers last weekend. Gabby Signorelli and Ben Mitchell swept the one- and three-meter boards in the women’s and men’s competitions, respectively. Each was named Most Outstanding Diver for their gender, while Pirate coach PJ Hughes garnered both Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach of the Year honors as voted on by the coaches.
Four teams own the top seed times heading into Wednesday’s competition. Villanova will swim in Lane No. 4 in the women’s 800 free relay while Xavier sits with the second seed time and Seton Hall with the third. Georgetown, Providence and Butler round out the field there.
BIG EAST newcomer Xavier owns the top seed time in the men’s 800 free relay and stands as the only sub-7:00 clocking at 6:49.60. Villanova is second entering the race, followed by the Hoyas, Friars and Pirates.
According to the seed times, both 200 medley relays ought to be exceptionally competitive contests. Seton Hall owns Lane No. 4 in the women’s competition with a seed time of 1:46.06, and Villanova will be next door in Lane No. 5 with a clocking that is just five-hundredths slower. Georgetown, Xavier, Butler and Providence finish out that field in order.
On the men’s side, the Hoyas’ 1:32.85 stands as the fastest time entering the 200 medley relay. The Pirates’ 1:33.91 is just over one second off Georgetown’s pace as the second seed time, followed by Xavier, Villanova and Providence.
Fans can follow the BIG EAST Swimming Championships on the Meet Mobile app, which is a free download on smartphones and iPads. In addition, the Swimming and Diving Championships Central page is located here with links to results and recaps as the events go on.
Team scores through the diving events:
1. Georgetown - 99
2. Seton Hall - 74
3. Villanova - 29
4. Providence - 11
1. Seton Hall - 88
2. Georgetown - 33